ApeX Music Lessons
As a lifelong lover of music, I've been actively studying and pursing music for the past forty years. I have copious amounts of songwriting, recording, and performing
experience. I've intermittently been an instructor and mentor during a majority of this period as well. My formal musical training coupled with my years of practical application have given me a broad base of knowledge in the world of music that I wish to share with
I've had the pleasure to work with all ages (6-76), abilities (ADHD, Autism, Down Syndrome) and experience levels. I personally tailor each lesson according to what the student wants and needs to learn in order to attain the level they're looking to achieve. I hope to help cultivate a healthy respect and love of music with each student.
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Frequently asked questions
What is your typical process for working with a new student?
In the initial meeting I assess the student's wants and needs. This allows me to tailor interesting yet challenging lessons to further their progress. The process varies according to the student's level of musical familiarity. In all cases, I ensure that there is an attentiveness to technique in order to develop beneficial playing habits.
What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?
Cello, Baritone, Trumpet - Heard Elementary '79 - '84
Classical Guitar - Central High '84 - '88, Phoenix College '90 - '93
Jazz Guitar - Phoenix College '90 - '91, Private Instruction '91 - '94
I've also been actively performing in bands since 1991.
Do you have a standard pricing system for your lessons? If so, please share the details here.
$25 30 min
$35 45 min
$50 60 min
How did you get started teaching?
I began teaching my junior year of high school. My Classical Guitar instructor was also the head of the Music Department and didn't really play guitar. He was a Classical Pianist and could impart the theories quite well, but was challenged by the physical dynamics on the guitar. I approached him regarding this fact and offered my services and thus became a student teacher for the beginning Classical Guitar class.
What types of students have you worked with?
I have worked with a wide range of ages (6 - 74), abilities (Down Syndrome, Autism, ADD/ADHD) and experience levels. I've taught a range of styles (rock/blues/jazz/classical) as well.
Describe a recent event you are fond of.
I'm always fond of playing live shows with my band. The ability to musically connect not only with my fellow band mates, but then also to an audience, is an experience I'm pretty sure I'll never tire of.
What advice would you give a student looking to hire a teacher in your area of expertise?
Be sure you're ready to devote the time and energy needed to attain whatever level you're looking to achieve. Find a teacher that inspires you to do so.
What questions should students think through before talking to teachers about their needs?
What is it that you're looking to get out of playing the guitar? How much time and effort to do you have to dedicate to it?